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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Get in my belly!

Your baby continues to grow and is now approximately the size of a large lime! The crown-to-rump length of your developing child is 1.75 to 2.4 inches. The weight of the fetus is approximately 8 grams at this point. The growth of your baby is phenomenal now and your baby's length will double in the next three weeks. The head is grossly out of proportion and is almost half of the baby's length. You are almost at the end of your first trimester and while changes continue to occur quickly in your baby, they are happening at a slower rate in you. This is the last week of the embryonic period. From now on, your baby will be called a fetus. Your baby's fingernails appear this week! External genitalia are beginning to show distinguishing features and the development of male or female will be complete in three weeks. The placenta's blood vessels increase to provide your baby with the nutrients and oxygen he needs for continued growth. Your baby's ears are gradually moving from the neck towards the sides of his head. Inside of your baby's abdomen, the intestines are developing. Because the intestines are so large, some of them project into the umbilical cord and they will return to the abdomen within the next week or two. At the size of a plum, your baby is now able to swallow. The urinary system functions. The baby swallows and urinates the amniotic fluid and the fluid is continually replaced. The baby is kicking but the mother cannot feel it yet. All vital organs are formed and, for the most part, function normally. From now on, they will grow in size and efficiency. Today at work I got to hear the heartbeat again. Sounded like butterfly wings. And he kicked! So crazy to hear all of that going on inside of me!
Babies are such a nice way to start people.-- Don Herrold

9 comments:

Katelyn said...

I finally had a chance to look at your blog. It made me miss you and everyone. I feel so out of the loop and wish I could be there:( I am so happy we got to talk and I am so excited about the new up and coming Cantrell. LOVE Y'All

Katie said...

Congrats Amanda!! I loved the quote at the end of your post.

Trace's Space said...

awwwwww..... so sweet. I want to see you!

Love you

Caleb said...

Bring on the fetal period! Reading this is more fun having taken Developmental Anatomy.

Tricia said...

Who knew that our ears started out on our NECK???? Wow.

Heather said...

SO exciting. love it. reminds me of Juno - "Your baby has fingernails"
see you THIS WEEKEND.
love you.

Trace's Space said...

more posts!!! I want to hear what is new with baby Cantrell!

Jake said this morning that your baby MUST be a boy! :)

We're going to Red Robin for dinner with your mom and Dale tonite at 6pm - can you join us?! We're celebrating all the birthdays!

Love you

Trace's Space said...

POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tracy & Joe said...

Your Baby is getting HUGE!(at least from the growing picture...) I feel like I need an update? What type of fruit size is SHE (or he) Now?? I'm dying to know....please update your BLOG!!!!

I would also like a real life picture of your belly...you know how some people take pictures of it every month to show progress..yes, I think that would interesting...:)